SEED Intro TO Self-Defense Workshop (G.V.”Sonny” Montgomery VA Medical Center)

The Safety Education Empowering Defense (SEED) program of STRIVE4YOU’s mission is to create a culture with safety and security for all, implementing a holistic circle of services training body, mind, and spirit.

This is a nation-wide program unlike any other. SEED’s adherence to STRIVE4YOU’s peer to peer approach makes it unique. Our curriculum has been developed principally by and for people with disabilities. SEED’s goal is to teach a principled approach to recognizing, analyzing, and responding to potentially threatening situations.


Strive4You is excited once again to be partnering with the G.V.”Sonny” Montgomery VA Medical Center and the Addie McBryde Rehabilitation Center For The Blind, through the VA National Sports Program & Special Events FY22 Adaptive Sports Grant (ASG) to provide our SEED Introduction To Self-Defense Workshop January 11th from 9 AM – 3 PM. This exciting event will take place at the Addie McBryde Rehabilitation Center For The Blind, 2550 Peachtree St. Jackson, MS 39216 . This introductory workshop will cover hands-on techniques, the SEED Functional Foundations, situational awareness, and various other particularly important self-defense topics. These in-person workshops give participants an opportunity to see how practical and efficient our SEED system of techniques is, while providing a welcoming environment for truly meaningful safety education discussions especially as they pertain to specific concerns within the disability community.


Thanks to support from the VA Adaptive Sports Grant this event will be FREE to disabled veterans and VA staff. The public may attend by invitation only and upon availability. There will be a$25.00 registration fee for non-veterans or VA staff. Lunch will be provided for all participants. If you have any further concerns please contact the event organizers Melanie Shurden, or Christy Ray-Jones.


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In consideration of participating in a STRIVE4You event , I, the undersigned, freely understand and acknowledge that my participation may involve physical contact which might result in serious injury or death.    I agree:

  1. To comply with the terms and conditions for participation. If I encounter any hazard, whether from myself or from others, during my participation in the STRIVE4You event, I agree to withdraw from participation, alert a STRIVE4You representative of my withdrawal and remove myself from participation. 
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I certify that I am in good physical health and have no disclosed or undisclosed conditions or injuries that would impact upon, impair or prevent my participation in the STRIVE4You event beyond reasonable accommodations.  

In the event I am injured during the course of the STRIVE4You event , I consent to being medically attended or treated by a physician, a nurse, athletic trainer, or other medical emergency personnel. 

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STRIVE4You is a community-based organization dedicated to providing education, resources, and opportunities to people with disabilities and those that interact with them within the community. Participation in STRIVE4You’s programs is subject to the observance of the organization’s rules and procedures. The activities outlined below are strictly prohibited. Any participant or staff member who violates this Code is subject to discipline, up to and including immediate removal from the event or program.

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Jan 11 2024


9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Addie McBryde Rehabilitation Center For The Blind
2550 Peachtree St. Jackson, MS 39216
Christy Jones


Christy Jones
1-866-407-8748 Ext. 791
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